“Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”

~ Deuteronomy 5:33

From Caleb, I want to take the time to recount to y’all the goodness of the Lord, so that you may be encouraged to know that the Lord is working and moving in the lives around. He is present. It is my great hope that you would be encouraged by the things I am getting ready to tell you.

So… with that pre-statement out of the way, let’s dive in.

I am a senior in high school and with summer moving quicker every single day, (I know… it’s hard to say, but true) I have started to think about what I am going to once I leave high school.

There had been multiple options presented before me; I accepted one of them as the “plan”, and that was engineering. But, at the same time, the Lord kept putting this thought in my heart that there was something different set apart for me other than engineering. That thought kept reoccurring for 9 months until this passed week.

It came to a point where I could no longer ignore that feeling that I had about my future education. It was after a certain point this week that I gave that I stopped holding back and said “Lord, take my life and do as you please.” It was just another level of surrender.

The part that I really want for y’all to hear and process is what happened next.

God flooded my heart with such extreme joy following my decision to sacrifice it all. You see, God has designed everything so wonderfully. The verse above shows that the Lord has commanded us to walk in obedience and to the things he has commanded us, but there is something so much more to it than simply obeying. God doesn’t just tell us to walk in obedience, but rather he gives us a why. The answer is that it’s for our own good.

Being obedient to the commands of the Lord brings fullness of joy into our lives, and Christ has made it so for great reason.

If we simply say to the Lord that he has our full trust, yet we are holding back areas of our life from him, then we are not being truthful with ourselves. You can’t say that you’re giving your all to the Lord and being completely obedient while withholding aspect of your life from the Lord. There must be a response to his commandments to demonstrate your trust.

God offers true joy through obeying his calling and commandments. Friends, please don’t miss that! I want you to realize that the fullness of joy lies in following God’s commandments and callings on your life! Pursue the fullness in his joy!

Take some time to think about these questions. Are you being 100% obedient to the Lord? What are areas of your life that you’re holding back from God? What can you do to give those areas over to the Lord?

With grace and peace, through Christ Jesus,

Caleb Eckerd